Museveni pledges Shs1bn support towards Martyrs Day Celebrations, Fort Portal Cathedral renovation


President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has on Wednesday met and held conversations with leaders from Kabarole led by the Minister of Tourism, Hon. Col. Tom Butime, and the Bishop of Fort Portal Diocese, Rt. Rev. Robert Muhiirwa.

The conference took area at the President’s country dwelling in Rwakitura, Kiruhura District.

President Museveni and the delegation from Kabarole mentioned the future Uganda Martyrs day celebrations to be held on June 3, 2022 and other problems about the Diocese.

The Uganda Episcopal Conference chosen Fort Portal Diocese to spearhead the preparations for this year’s Martyrs Working day. Fort portal Diocese previous led the celebrations 25 a long time In the past.

According to Bishop Muhiirwa, the Diocese came up with a performing budget of close to a person billion shillings to get ready for the celebrations.

“As a custom made, the celebration of this noble function is preceded by quite a few preparations with non secular and product mobilisation. Because of to the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, we received the communication about leading the Martyrs Day celebrations late. So, Your Excellency, we will need your aid,” Muhiirwa claimed.

The other pertinent challenge, he mentioned, was the cathedral’s roof, which requires renovation. He added that the roof of the cathedral has in the final two several years produced severe leakages that it can no extended be utilized throughout rainy year.

“Whereas the entire group was mobilised to assistance this marketing campaign, the two billion shillings required to renovate the roof cannot be lifted very easily additionally, with the existing outcomes of the pandemic,” Bishop Muhiirwa appealed.

Speaking to the delegation and responding to their issues, President Museveni pledged one particular billion shillings toward preparations for Martyrs Day and roofing of the cathedral.

“I am likely to give you just one billion shillings for the two, i.e. the cathedral roof and Martyrs day preparations,” he claimed.

Addressing their issue of enabling them mature much more tea and coffee in the spot, President Museveni promised to invest in for them three tractors and just one truck so that they can mobilise folks to enter into the income financial state.

“The tractors, I will give you a few and one particular lorry. Be sure to, now emphasis much more on mobilising your people to shift from subsistence farming to present day means of making prosperity,” the President said.

Hon. Col. Butime, disclosed that Namugongo Catholic and Protestant shrines are massive tourist web-sites that require aid and advertising to be capable to catch the attention of equally regional, regional and global tourists.

“Thank you for accepting to host us below at your place house in Rwakitura. As the minister of tourism, Namugongo church is a big challenge for tourism. The final two a long time we have not been there. Now that you have opened, folks are appear in major figures. It is faith- dependent tourism that will have to have to help,” Hon. Butime stated.

Butime discovered that these destinations have the likely to contend with locations like Vatican and Mecca if they are supported and promoted nicely.

Bishop Muhiirwa took this chance to invite President Museveni be the Main Guest for this year’s Martyrs Day celebration at Namugongo, which invitation the President acknowledged.

The Bishop counseled the President and the Govt for the large programmes aimed at supporting Ugandans enhance their family incomes, like the Emyooga programme and Parish Growth Model (PDM).

“Mr. President, the Emyooga software that has been managing as perfectly as the Parish Growth Model that was introduced this 12 months in February are so considerably essential to halt and reverse the development of poverty and to help Uganda develop into united, caring and a democratic society fully commited to building the standard requires economical,” Bishop Muhiirwa mentioned.

He added: “As a Diocese, we are totally in assist of all these Packages. I want to use this chance to thank you for your management as you continue to transform Uganda from a Low-Revenue place to Middle-Earnings standing. Fort Portal Diocese has been keenly subsequent and collaborating in your advancement plans,” Bishop Muhiirwa instructed the President.

The meeting was attended by Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Market and Fisheries, Hon. Tom Butime, the MP Fort Portal West Division, Hon. Alex Ruhunda and Monsignor Isaiah Mayombo among the others.

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